Yes, ladies and gents, it's time for the latest entry in the Grinder Dialogues, the ongoing (theoretically) weekly discussion on matters of technology, society and the future between myself and the dashing SCIENCE! scamps over at Grinding.
they have a lot of really valuable things to say, but how do you pitch radical self-reliance and removing yourself from a capitalist society, without pitching it as “us” vs. “them”. Especially in a case like this where the Government was all-too-willing to take on the role of “them”. (Screaming in the back of my head is the voice that used to work in marketing that says “getting arrested was the best thing for their cause” — and looking at the T9 inspired collectives springing up in their wake, I can’t disagree.)
I fervently don’t believe in “them versus us”, it’s useless outdated thinking. Everyone’s “them” is someone else’s “us”. But what I’ve never quite figured out is how to organize without the “other”.
An excellent question, and not an easy one. While the motto here is "There is No They," you're right. An "other" is necessary to organize. People aren't rational creatures, and an image to fight against — or fight for — gives a cause more strength than it might otherwise have.
However, it's important to make the "they" as narrow as possible, and the "Us" vast.